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« on: March 06, 2006, 08:51:25 PM »

I saw NJT 4007 this evening pulling WB on the M&E near the MMC.
Does anybody know what this sleek new diesel is?
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006, 08:55:17 AM »

Those are the new Alstom PL42 units:



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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2006, 08:42:20 PM »

Thanks Jim!
I was aboard a SB NEC train when I spotted that unit.
At first I thought it was an ALP-46, but it had only one cab, no pans, and was laying down a small plume of blue smoke as it ducked under the Corridor, headed WB.
Sleek looking creature, to be sure, but for a guy who grew up seeing the smooth curves on GG-1's, the angular lines of new cab unit diesels are a little hard to get used to.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006, 09:23:56 AM »

I agree.  I was fortunate enough to photograph a few black GG1's at New Haven in their final days and remember seeing NJT's last GG1's laying over at Sunnyside yard a few times in the early 80's when I rode Amtrak to New York from Boston. 

I've always been partial to EMD's E and F units.  In the Boston area, we had ex-Penn Central E-8's in service until 1978, and then the MBTA traded in a bunch of GP-9's to Illinois Central Gulf for 19 F-3's rebuilt as 'FP10' units.  As you probably know, four of those F10's went to Metro-North after their Boston days were over and at least one of them still sees service occasionally on the shuttle trains.

As for the new generation of passenger diesels, the GE Genesis units took some getting used to, but I've always liked their growling sound.  The EMD F59's are definitely sleek looking.  I haven't seen one of the new NJT units, so I'll hold off judgment on those for now.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2006, 10:17:41 PM »

It is interesting to see how passenger loco design has come around almost full circle.
Just as the E and F units (as well as the FA, PA, C-Liner, Sharknose, Babyface, etc.) were single cab, unidirectional, streamlined carbody units, now we have new examples of motive power.
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